April 30, 2009

The Treehouse: Living Room Plans & Ideas

INSPIRATION: (Above Chaffee Braithwaite’s living room AGAIN 😉 I’m using it as inspiration… I’ll be going with a bit more warmth & a little washed/ muted pattern. My goal is for the room to feel light airy, natural, raw, fresh with a classic modern feel and a hint of old-fashioned pretty. I want a fairly neutral backdrop for ever-changing accessories & shots of color. (In the image above, I love the jolts of green from the wheatgrass and views for Springtime!)

Below, here’s what our living room looks like now: (Since the living space is on the second floor, you’re way high up in the trees, hence the name “treehouse.”) For now, I’m keeping it this shade of white & will get the perfect white on the walls once we’re more settled. (we’ve got bigger fish to fry for starters!!)


For now I’m putting the sofa on the right wall facing into the room. Opposite it will be two chairs with a table in between and under the window i’d like to have a couple of chairs or possibly a settee. (My computer & scanner are still down so I’m not able to get you the floorplan) We’re hanging drapes from the ceiling on simple iron rods. I’m going with simple white linen for an airy feel & a fresh, clean backdrop for changing up accessories, slicovers, pillows, etc: For the sofa, I knew exactly what I wanted: English arms with turned legs on casters. (Because- #1- I like to rearrange often & usually do it by myself while my husband’s gone & the sofa is always the toughest thing to move, so casters = problem solved!! #2- I want the space to feel large, open & airy, and of course legs will help with this, and #3- I love the classic with a hint of old-fashioned lines of this sofa. It’ll work perfectly with both traditional & modern pieces. So, below is what I was looking for ( I was hoping for 1 or 2 cusions instead of 3)

And the sofa below is the one we just bought on Craiglist!!! (Since we’re on a budget & the similar sofas I was finding were all around the $2500- $3000 range, I decided the search on craiglist. After searching through listing after listing & saving a few possible options that were close to my dream sofa, I came across this one!!)
I couldn’t believe my (exhausted) eyes!! it was exactly what I wanted!! It’s a Lee Industries sofa that retails for around $3000! We picked the sofa up in our new (to us) pick-up truck (it’s actually old- 250,000 miles) in Capitol Hill and the family couldn’t have been nicer!! The owner of the sofa worked for the Kellog Collection for many years & was so sweet & her son arranged the whole deal & helped my husband load the sofa. (I’m sure I sounded like my usual nutcase-self, because I just couldn’t stop telling them how excited I was to have “THE” sofa I was looking for!! haha) So, we’re reupholstering it in this cotton velvet below:
As I mentioned in my previous post, this image doesn’t do the fabric justice. It changes witht he angle and it looks creamy, golden or whitey-beige. It should look something like this chair (from Oly Studio) below when reupholstered:
I’m planning on pulling in some grays & whites in the pillows for “base” time (when the room’s not decorated seasonally with other colors) with lots of different textures including this super-nubby linen (below) *** You can find a very similar fabric to this one at Calico Corners called “Slubby linen” ***
Now, here’s where things become less settled-upon. I’m using the fabric below on the reverse to give the piece a more time-worn, muted look. (Darryl Carter’s trick!!)
Now I’d like whichever piece the fabric goes on to be situated under the windows & facing into the room. So, this could possibly be couple of chairs or a settee (I was condsidering a gilding settee with a shirt, how fun would that be?! I don’t love the shape of this one but did come across a pretty one & have now forgotten the source!)
The only thing is, I just came accross this driftwood chair from Oly Studios & I’m sort of in love… I really like balance & don’t feel that a piece like this should have a matching partner & don’t so much have a spot for a lone chair… (I might be able to squeeze it on somewhere though)
Now, across from the sofa will be two chairs with my fun metal vintage table in between:
I’m having so many different thoughts on the chairs. (In reality, I’ll most likely thrift store/ flea market or craiglist them but here are some of my loves now. Also, any of the chairs pictured could possibly under the window as a pair or combined with the reversed toile or driftwood chair)


A pair of (washable!!) slipcovered wing chairs like the chair below would work really nicely because the shirts to the floor would stop the eye and that’s sort of what I want because the dining area/ work area is on the other end & I like the separation. This is pretty budget-friendly because old wingchairs are really easy to find via thrift stores & craiglist and they could be easilty reupholstered!
I also can’t help loving this modern wingchair from Oly Studio (below). It comes in other leathers but I really love this one… A pair of these with the silver table between would be amazing… I love the modern jolt in the room (I’d like to have at least 1 in each room becasue the house is so contemporary).. These could go across from the sofa or under the window. (Oh, and quick reality check here— these would not be arriving for a VERY long time because of the unfortunate existence of a low budget.)
And here are some other chairs I like:
I like the thought of this one (below, Martha Stewart) upholsered in the toile… The only problem is the legs are a bit red for me & don’t come in other colors… I’d hate to buy a new chair that I’d need to change…We love to entertain & of course kick up our feet so I love the idea of one of these 2 leather 0upholstered benches from Oly Studio:
I picture them moving around wherever needed & think they would look really pretty accross from the windows when you first walk in, so as to clsoe off the conversation area but not block the view. Here’s the other:
I also have a cool camel saddle that looks similar to this one (image from here) but isn’t in cow hide. (It’s in a terrible brown vinyl right now & I’d reupholster it in a prettier one.)

I actually would love a cowhide rug… Here’s the view of the dining area/ work area… Since we’ll have an eat-in kitchen & island with stools I don’t envision nightly meals in the dining area. We’ll primarily use it for projects, reading, and entertaining. It’ll be nice not to have to put projects away every night!



I love the idea of a trestle table piled high with books & 2 comfy chairs on one side and a bench on the other … I’m having so many thoughts about tables, but it will have to be something rectangular & fairly narrow… (However, my square folding table will have to do for a while!)



But I love some of these options, like this zinc sawhorse table from Bobo Intriguing Objects: (I wonder if we could try to make something like this??— I did look up some zinc countertop places & they seemed INSANELY expensive… does anyone have a cheap source for zinc sheets?)



I’d also love a trestle table similar to the one in Kirsten Hollister’s (of Boho Belgian) dining room: (And look, she has the bench I want too!!! – I know Ikea used to make a bench like this, does anyone know if they still do? — I couldn’t find it online.)


I picture the table with wingchairs & I could possibly go with the white slipcovered ones if I don’t go with them in the Living room: (Again, they’d be nice on casters so I could always have options)The wingchair below is one of my favorite wingchairs, by Martha Stewart. It’s got nailhead detailing & is of a really manageable size for smaller spaces. (Some are so huge!!) Now, for the chandelier… Here are some I love from Bobo Intriguing Objects: The wine barrel chandelier:



And also the “planet” wine barrel: (I think this would be kind of cool with all the books!)


And this one I’m CRAZY over, but it’s way too big for my house!!! (Over 4 feet high!! JEESH) The drfitwood chandelier: (I really wanted it in my entryway & it would still be too big!! arg)


And here’s a chandelier I really love that’s so much more in my price range. I saw it at On a Whim & need to go and see if they have anything like it or if it could still be there: (Please don’t go buy this!!! heehee 😉 Part of me thinks I need to stay natural & rough & quirly like the others but it’s just so hard to resist this pretty vintage crystal!!!


And for the back wall behind the table, I want some type of storage. It’s really important to me that I have surfaces that I can change up accessories on & also some hidden storage for my son’s toys. (I like to keep toys in all the living areas as long as they can be hidden away so that every room’s kid-friendly.) I’d use big baskets for toys on the bottom shelves & put pretty things & books on the upper shelves of this pharmacy rack from Bobo Intriguing Objects:


(It’s highly unlikely we’ll buy that exact piece but we’ll be looking for similar items.) I’d also like some type of dresser or cabinet in the living room for more toy storage.


Well, we move tomorrow & over the weekend & I am having a bit of blogging withdrawal from not having my computer!! Also, I just did another post right before this one as a follow up on my kitchen decisions(2 posts in 1 day, I know! haha) so check it out below.


miss you guys,


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